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University Centre

South Essex College is proud to offer 19 full honours degrees and higher national diplomas (HNDs) at University Centre Southend and University Centre Thurrock.

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The College's degrees are accredited by three reputable institutions; the University of East Anglia (UEA), the University of the Arts London (UAL) and the Open University. Our BTEC HNC/D qualifications are awarded by Pearson.

UEA is known for its world-leading research and outstanding student experience, it was awarded Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework and is a leading member of Norwich Research Park, one of Europe’s biggest concentrations of researchers in the fields of environment, health and plant science.

UAL is Europe’s largest specialist arts and design university. UAL has launched the careers of many creative and cultural leaders, including more than half of all Turner Prize nominees and over half of the designers named British Designer of the Year.

The Open University has a reputation for providing flexible programmes for adults.

The College’s Costume Construction degree has been set-up in partnership with the Royal Opera House (ROH), and is based at High House Production Park in the Bob and Tamar Manoukian Costume Centre, which is home to ROH’s collection of 20,000 costumes and wigs.

It is very important to the College that the degree programmes we offer provide the best vocational and technical training around. That is why the College has fantastic links with businesses to make sure you gain the practical skills they need.

The College offers degrees in art and design, business, construction, early years, engineering, health and social care, media, performing arts, science, sport and teaching. Check out our Course Finder to search for your perfect degree programme.

The Forum Southend-on-Sea

The Forum Southend-on-Sea

The Forum Southend-on-Sea is a £27 million ultra-modern library and learning zone located opposite our Southend Campus. It boasts a superbly stocked integrated municipal and academic public library, a modern teaching facility for South Essex College which supports the delivery of our Higher Education courses, a learning space for the University of Essex, the Focal Point Art Gallery, a 200-seat lecture theatre and refreshment facilities. Find out more about The Forum.

University of the Arts London

University of the arts LondonUniversity of the Arts London offers an extensive range of courses in art, design, fashion, communication and performing arts. Their graduates go on to work in and shape creative industries worldwide. The university draws together six renowned colleges, each with its own world-class reputation. UAL is made up of six colleges, including Central Saint Martins. Each has a long established, global reputation for producing outstanding work.


Pearson logoBTEC Higher Nationals provide specialist vocational learning at levels 4 and 5, reflecting the requirements of professional organisations and meeting the National Occupational Standards for each sector or industry.

Delivered at universities and colleges, BTEC Higher Nationals are the natural next step for learners with level 3 qualifications who want to progress to Higher Education along a more vocational route. BTEC Higher National Qualifications are offered in two sizes to support progression and allow greater flexibility for learners: Higher National Certificates and Higher National Diplomas. Both are open to learners looking to progress to, or within, employment.

BTEC Higher Nationals are recognised by employers around the world for their emphasis on developing practical skills alongside specialist knowledge and understanding of an industry or sector. With their strong focus on technical skills, they help to address the high-level technical skills shortage that's an important issue in the UK and globally.